Fishing at Lake Anna State Park

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Cast a Line at Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park offers an array of outdoor recreation. Take a hike on one of the trails, go swimming in Lake Anna or spend the day fishing. Lake Anna State Park is a great place to go freshwater fishing.

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Fishing at Lake Anna State Park

Fishing at Lake Anna State Park offers the potential to reel in a variety of freshwater fish. Lake Anna is known for its largemouth bass, crappie and bream. To fish at Lake Anna State Park, a valid Virginia fishing license is required.

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Lake Anna State Park is also a perfect place to teach your kids how to fish. There is a two-acre fishing pond, designed specifically for children and disabled anglers, is located near the visitor center.

Anglers can also launch their boat into the waters of Lake Anna for bank fishing. Lake Anna State Park offers a public boat launching ramp. There is a $5 fee charged to launch a boat at Lake Anna State Park.

Farmers Markets near Lake Anna

Here are some of our favorite farmers markets located near Lake Anna.

Shop Locally at a Farmers Market near Lake Anna

The counties and cities surrounding Lake Anna provide plenty of fun for a quick day trip. When you’re visiting these scenic areas, be sure to stop by a local farmers market. Many of these farmers markets are year-round and feature a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with other specialized handmade products.

Spotsylvania farmer's market

Farmers Markets near Lake Anna

Here are some of our favorite farmers markets located near Lake Anna.

Mineral Farmer’s Market

The Mineral Farmer’s Market, now in its 11th season, features about 30 vendors every Saturday, from May through October, on Louisa Avenue in Mineral. Products at the market are grown by area farmers that are proud to sell their fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, herbs and more. Every Tuesday during the summer season, you can also experience the curbside mini market that features some of the Mineral Farmer’s Market’s vendors, including Peninsula Farm, Honey Man, Miz Mary, KatSue and Mother Fudgery.

Spotsylvania Farmers Market

The largest farmers market in the region, the Spotsylvania Farmers Market has two locations near Lake Anna. Browse over 50 vendors selling locally produced food and plants at the market. Visit the Gordon Road location, Saturdays from April through December, or the market at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Wednesdays from May through September. Offerings at the market change seasonally to reflect the bounty from local growers and producers.

Miller Farms Market

Head to Locust Grove for the Miller Farms Market, Monday through Saturday year-round. This market brings the produce right from the farm’s fields to market shoppers. Miller Farms Market is part of a community supported agriculture (CSA). A CSA is an agreement between farmers and consumers to provide produce at a set price. At the market, you can find everything from beef, chicken and pork to fruits, vegetables, cheeses, flowers and much more.

Other Farmers Markets

There are several other farmers markets that are a bit farther away, but still well worth the trip.

  • Fredericksburg Farmers Market
  • Charlottesville City Market
  • Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market

Day Trip: Richmond

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For more than 400 years, the Richmond Region has been at the center of it all. Richmond is a historical and cultural treasure, a world-renowned culinary destination, a craft beer mecca and an outdoor paradise. In fact, TripAdvisor featured Richmond as one of “7 Rising US Cities That Should Be On Your 2019 Travel Bucket List!”

Outdoor Activities in Richmond

As the only urban setting with Class III and IV rapids, Richmond offers James River rafting trips ranging from wild to mild. Come float along the river, keeping an eye peeled for native deer, blue herons, ospreys and bald eagles. Explore our rich history while riding your bike along the Virginia Capital Trail. Get your adrenaline rush with whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips—all against the backdrop of Richmond’s city skyline. If thrill rides are more your style, an exhilarating day at Kings Dominion is a must.

Museums in Richmond

The Richmond Region has museums for lovers of art, architecture, history and culture. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum that houses a remarkable permanent collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture. The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University displays the art of our time. The Valentine tells the unique story of Richmond through the eyes of its citizens. Literary giant Edgar Allan Poe’s spirit lives on through extensive artifacts and archives, and the ever-popular Unhappy Hours at the Poe Museum. Explore The Civil War through Union, Confederate and African-American perspectives at the newly expanded American Civil War Museum. The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia serves as a resource on the many facets of black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations.

Richmond Attractions

Explore the region’s antebellum architecture. See where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Visit the scenic Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which USA Today named one of the Best Public Gardens in the U.S. Stroll the picturesque grounds of Maymont, a historic estate with glorious gardens, a nature center, children’s farm and a Victorian mansion that gets all gussied up for the holidays. The VMFA Sculpture Garden features Dale Chihuly’s “Red Reeds” and offers the perfect green space for kids, dogs and even yoga.

Jefferson Park

Entertainment in Richmond

The music scene in Richmond is hot, and the region hosts local and national musical acts year-round. Whether you enjoy intimate acoustic performances, laid back outdoor concerts or rockin’ shows in sold-out theaters, we’ve got something to fit your taste.

Restaurants in Richmond

Savor the flavors of more than 900 area restaurants, from down-home southern barbecue and uptown haute cuisine to savory pies and mom-and-pop eateries cherished by locals. Take a thirst-quenching trip along the Richmond Beer Trail, featuring 30+ craft breweries. Shop ‘til you drop at unique boutiques and vintage gems, as well as multiple malls featuring top fashion and home décor retailers. Admire more than 100 vibrant murals that brighten up the region’s walls.

With lively neighborhoods and a vibrant restaurant scene, Richmond is perfect for a quick break or an extended getaway.

Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park is the perfect place for outdoor adventure or relaxation any time of year.

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Outdoor Activities Abound at Lake Anna State Park

A trip to Lake Anna is sure to be filled with some fun in the water and on the sandy beach. While you’re here, don’t forget to spend a day—or two—at nearby Lake Anna State Park. Pan for gold, take a stroll along the beach, hike through the wooded forest, cuddle up in a cabin, fish for a prize-winning catch and do so much more when you visit Lake Anna State Park.

About Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park is the perfect place for outdoor adventure or relaxation any time of year. The park sees thousands of visitors each year, looking to explore the natural setting. Located in Spotsylvania County, Lake Anna State Park, a more than 3,000-acre park, has so much to offer from the land to the water.

History of Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983, about 10 years after the creation of Lake Anna in 1971.

Before the state park, the area was known as “Gold Hill,” the site of Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered here in 1829. The land was popular for gold panning into the 1880s.

Things to Do at Lake Anna State Park

Begin your visit at the Visitor Center. There you can find more information on the history of Lake Anna State Park, as well as the surrounding area. Learn about the history and nature programs offered through the park service, including canoe tours, activities for children, geo-caching and more.

Guests can honor Lake Anna’s gold mining past with ranger-led programs and demonstrations. Head along the Gold Hill trail and see the remains of the mining operations, including 100-foot-deep mine shafts. Bring the kids and pan for gold during select dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Lake Anna State Park has over 15 miles of trails, sandy shores, scenic waterways and overnight accommodations.

Lake Anna State Park Trails

Lake Anna State Park has 12 trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Many of the trails are mixed-use, but some are just for hikers. Bring your dog and go on a nature walk. The trails at Lake Anna State Park range from easy to moderate, making them perfect for children of all ages and those with varied fitness levels.

Lake Anna State Park does not have any horses, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own and take to the bridle trails.

Click here to read more about the trails at Lake Anna State Park.

Lake Anna State Park Fishing, Swimming and Boating

Lake Anna is best known for its abundance of largemouth bass, crappie, bream and other variety of freshwater fish. With a valid Virginia fishing license, spend a day fishing at Lake Anna State Park. There’s even a pond dedicated specifically for children and disabled anglers.

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Launch your boat into Lake Anna from the state park. These convenient launch points are great for those who want to hit the water on jet skis, inner tubes and more.

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, take advantage of Lake Anna State Park’s guarded beaches. These beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun and splashing in the water.

Camping/Overnight Lodging at Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park has plenty of opportunities for an overnight, multi-night or week-long stay.

Pitch a tent or park your RV for classic camping at Lake Anna State Park. Or, rent a rustic cabin or spacious lodge for your family and/or friends. Many of Lake Anna’s cabin and lodge rentals are waterfront so you’ll have an amazing view during your stay.

If you’re okay with less frills, stay in one of the bunkhouses at Lake Anna State Park. Bunkhouses can sleep several guests for overnight accommodations and longer.

Click here to read more about camping at Lake Anna State Park.

Click here to read more about renting a cabin at Lake Anna State Park.

Click here to read more about renting a lodge at Lake Anna State Park.

Lake Anna State Park Fees

Admission to Lake Anna State Park includes parking. Prices are subject to change.

Passenger Vehicle Fees

Standard: $7 | Weekends (April–October): $10

High Occupancy Vehicle Fees

Standard: $15 | Weekends (April–October): $20

Bus Fee

$40

Boat launch and equestrian fees are $5.

More Information about Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park is located at 6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania.

Lake Anna State Park Lodge Rentals

Here’s everything you need to know about Lake Anna State Park’s lodges.

Your Guide to Renting a Lodge at Lake Anna State Park

There are so many exciting outdoor activities to do at Lake Anna State Park. Whether you’re hiking the trails, kayaking the freshwater lake or simply lounging on the beach, there’s plenty to fill your day. Stay overnight at Lake Anna State Park when you rent one of the spacious lodges.

While you can stay in a rustic cabin or do some old-school camping, why not rent a comfortable lodge at Lake Anna State Park? Here’s everything you need to know about Lake Anna State Park’s lodges.

About the Lodges at Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park has two six-bedroom lodges for guests for rent for a week-long stay. Both the Pigeon Lodge and Finch Lodge include a fully equipped kitchen, rustic furniture, rocking chairs on the front and back decks, linens on every bed and one set of towels for each guest.

Each lodge can sleep up to 16 people. Bedrooms include two rooms with queen-sized beds, two with two single beds and two with two sets of bunkbeds.

Pets are welcome as well for an additional fee.

Additional amenities include a free boat launch, picnic table, charcoal grill and campfire ring next to the lodge and an on-site washer and dryer. Each lodge is climate controlled.

Camping Lodges/Bunkhouses

Camping lodges or bunkhouses are also available, located in the north camping loop. Unlike regular lodges, camping lodges have few amenities. These are two-room trailers with seven bunk beds, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee pot and air conditioner. There is a deck and charcoal grill outside, as cooking is not permitted inside. Linens are not provided and guests must use the bathhouse nearby.

Camping lodges become available in March.

Lake Anna State Park Lodge Rental Fees

A $5 non-refundable transaction fee and Virginia sales tax is added to all fees. Fees are subject to change.

Virginia Residents Prime Season (April­–October)

Nightly: $424 | Weekly $2,546

Virginia Residents Standard Season (November–March)

Nightly: $382 | Weekly $2,291

Non-Residents Prime Season (April­–October)

Nightly: $488 | Weekly $2,928

Non-Residents Standard Season (November–March)

Nightly: $439 | Weekly $2,634

More Information about Lake Anna State Park Lodge Rentals

Week-long stays for Pigeon Lodge begin on Saturday, while week-long stays for Finch Lodge begin on Sunday.

There is a maximum of six cars allowed at each lodge, including trailers. A daily parking fee will be charged for each additional vehicle.

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Lake Anna State Park Camping

Here’s everything you need to know about camping at Lake Anna State Park.

Your Guide to Camping at Lake Anna State Park

There are so many exciting outdoor activities to do at Lake Anna State Park. Whether you’re hiking the trails, kayaking the freshwater lake or simply lounging on the beach, there’s plenty to fill your day. Make your visit to Lake Anna State Park an overnight trip by camping at the scenic park.

While you can stay in a cabin, lodge or one of the other accommodations at Lake Anna State Park, there’s nothing like a good, old fashioned camping trip. Here’s everything you need to know about camping at Lake Anna State Park.

Lake Anna State Park Campsites

Lake Anna State Park has 22 total campsites with varied amenities. Choose from a basic campsite or one with water and electric hook ups.

All of Lake Anna State Park’s campsites are on a gravel surface. All tents must fit on a 19×24 foot tent pad.

All campsites are conveniently located to restrooms with hot-water showers, fire rings, picnic tables and lantern holders.

Types of Campsites

Standard (STD) sites do not have any hook ups.

Electric and Water (E/W) sites have both electric and water hook ups for various equipment.

Lake Anna State Park Camping Fees

A $5 non-refundable transaction fee and Virginia sales tax is added to all fees. Fees are subject to change.

STD Site Fees

Virginia residents: $30 | Non-residents: $35

E/W Site Fees

Virginia residents: $40 | Non-residents: $46

More Information about Lake Anna State Park Camping

Camping season at Lake Anna State Park runs from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December.

Campground check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 1 p.m.

Two vehicles, plus a camping unit, are allowed at each campsite. Any extra vehicles must park in a parking lot for an additional fee.

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